Aims/Description: Supramolecular chemistry is the study of chemistry 'beyond the molecule'. Rather than using covalent chemistry to build ever more complex molecules, supramolecular chemists make use of the weaker interactions between ions and molecules to build sophisticated assemblies of molecules. Students will learn how complementary interactions can be used for molecular recognition and to drive the self-assembly of well defined molecular structures such as grids, helicates and cages in solution. They will also learn how these assemblies can act as sensors, catalysts, molecular machines and as responsive and self-healing materials.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students in Department of Chemistry.

Staff Contact: THOMAS JAMES A
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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